Mediapart vient de publier la version française de mon article, “The CIA Reads French Theory“, sous le titre “Quand la CIA s’attelait à démanteler la gauche intellectuelle française“. Cliquez ici pour la lire.
Voici leur résumé: “Dans un rapport écrit en 1985 et qui vient d’être rendu public, on découvre que la CIA a suivi de près la vie intellectuelle française. Un Sartre sous surveillance, des « nouveaux philosophes » appréciés, Foucault et Derrida analysés… Des agents secrets se sont ainsi plongés dans l’étude de la French Theory. Objectif : aider aux fractures de la gauche intellectuelle et alimenter la guerre culturelle mondiale”.
I was very pleased to be able to present last weekend at the Anachronisms conference at NYU. For information on the program and presentations, click here.
A review of my book, Interventions in Contemporary Thought: History, Politics, Aesthetics, was just published here by Cynthía Krkoška-Níelsen. This book was published in hardback in the fall, but it is coming out in paperback this May. Click here to see the announcement.
Excerpt: “An intervention is not simply a more radical or highly innovative way of engaging a text, performing or interpreting an artwork, or revamping political practices. Intervention operates, so to speak, at a deeper level: it seeks to change the historical conditions of possibility and in doing so to change the activity of thought itself and, presumably, what can show up as a viable option or way of acting and being in a particular context. […] Rockhill’s critique of Eurocentrism is refreshingly nuanced and resists falling into an overly facile binary of oppositions—geographic or otherwise—which then demonizes Europe and seems to assume that “Europe” has a stable, unchanging center. […] While such radical geography continues within the domain of critique discourses of Eurocentrism, it is attuned to the unfixed, center-less character of ‘Europe,’ which it unearths as the ‘site of striated, overlapping and contested spaces’ (31) […read more].”
Click here to read my article “Free Speech Is Not the Issue; Intellectual Power Is,” which was recently published in CounterPunch.
Excerpt: “The question we should be asking, then, is not the abstract one of whether or not an individual or institution is “for” or “against” free speech in general, and then confusedly extending this to the university context. The real question is: what are the institutional forces that are empowering certain ideas and—by necessity—excluding or sidelining others? This requires examining the power structures that produce the very field of possibility for thought and organize the purportedly “open debate” in terms of viable intellectual positions. It also means analyzing how the intellectual and moral torpor of a “one-size-fits-all” principle of “free speech” directly contributes to distracting us from actually holding institutional power brokers accountable for the types of ideas they are endorsing and disseminating. […read more]”
I had the honor of being invited on the Scholars’ Circle to discuss my article, “The CIA Reads French Theory,” and its implications for understanding recent political and cultural history. Click here to listen.
I was very happy to have the opportunity to present my research on Nietzsche, Foucault, genealogy and counter-history at the annual conference of the North Texas Philosophical Association. A special thanks to Dale Wilkerson, Cynthia Nielsen, Charles Bambach, Michael Vendsel and the other organizers for coordinating such an excellent program.